Roche, the Swiss drug giant, will buy New York-based Flatiron Health, which has become a leader in applying big data approaches to medicine, for $1.9 billion. Roche already owned a 12% stake in Flatiron; in total the deal values Flatiron at $2.1 billion.
Flatiron was founded by Nat Turner and Zach Weinberg, two young entrepreneurs who had sold a previous company to Google for a reported $81 million and wanted to tackle something with more societal value. Turner, who was featured on Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2015, will continue to lead Flatiron.
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